The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is monitoring the “Boeing situation very closely” in the wake of Ethiopian Airlines plane crash involving an aircraft manufactured by the American company, implying that these planes are not being grounded immediately.
Civil Aviation Secretary Pradeep Singh Kharola said the DGCA is in touch with Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
He stated this in the wake of an Ethiopian Airlines plane crash on Sunday, involving Boeing 737 MAX 8, in which 157 people were killed.
The plane, on its flight to Nairobi, crashed shortly after taking off from Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa.
Earlier today, SpiceJet issued a statement stating that it will continue to fly Boeing 737 MAX.
“We are actively engaged with both Boeing and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation and will continue to put safety first, as always. We have already implemented all additional precautionary measures as directed by the DGCA yesterday,” read the statement. “The Boeing 737 MAX is a highly sophisticated aircraft. It has flown hundreds of thousands of hours globally and some of the world’s largest airlines are flying this aircraft,” the organisation added.
The fuel-efficient 737 MAX is the fastest-selling plane in Boeing’s history. The plane-maker has accumulated nearly 4,700 orders from more than 100 customers worldwide.